Lentil Sausage Soup is a wonderfully healthy dinner made in a crock pot or your instant pot. Easy and delicious!
I’m really impressed with kale. Kale is perfect for this soup. It’s an amazing vegetable, nourishing in juices, easy to grow and stays fresh in your garden most of the year. Follow the links to learn more about our garden and more about the benefits of growing and eating kale.
I usually won’t use greens in a soup because I hate to eat the slimy green bits they make when cooked. Kale is an exception. It holds up well, even with all the hours in a crock pot; adding color and great texture to this soup. If you’ve never actually used kale in a soup, I’m encouraging you to go get some and use it in this recipe today. You will thank me later. Promise!
Garden carrots are fun to grow and make a wonderful addition to this soup. Dave planted rainbow carrots and purple green beans last year. How fun is that?! Beautiful colors and lots of healthy nutrients here.
UPDATE: Nowadays I use my instant potfor my crock pot recipes. I just set it to slow cook on MORE for however many hours the recipe requires. It’s Easy to use and no need for another slow cooking appliance. So I’m giving instructions for both the slow cooker and instant pot here.
NOTE: My daughter Amanda LOVES her Crock Pot with browning insert. I replaced my crock pot with a instant pot. Whatever suits you best. This recipe will work in either one fine.
The sausage I use in this soup is spicy, low-fat, pre-cooked chicken sausage. We love the flavor chicken sausage adds to this soup! Chicken Sausage is a great compliment to lentils and keeps the recipe much lower in fat too. Use any vegetables you have that will go with your sausage and broth ingredients. Around here that will change throughout the year. I tend to put whatever is currently coming in from the garden in the soup pot.
About the liquids:
When I make any soup, the liquids are NOT exact measurements. Feel free to adjust the liquids to make this soup perfect for your family. When I open a can of ingredients to make soup, canned beans or tomatoes, for example. I NEVER drain the liquids out of the cans.
My mom taught me as a girl, and her mom taught her, all that liquid in those cans is to be used. Draining the beans and other canned foods robs us of flavor and nutrients. The cooks in my family actually pour water into the cans and rinse the cans into the soup! We want every last drop of goodness
Always buy organic canned goods so you are only putting good food in your soup. We love to use every drop! In the case of tomatoes that may mean using glass jars instead of cans. The acidity of the tomatoes can cause the metal in the canned tomatoes to come off in your soup. I call for canned Italian stewed tomatoes in the recipe (for your convenience) but I most often use our fresh garden tomatoes or my home frozen whole tomatoes with an extra dash of Italian seasonings to bring out the flavors.
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Total Time: 4 hours, 15 minutes
Number of servings: 10
- Fat 3 g
- Carbs 40 g
- Protein 13 g
YOUR PRINTABLE LENTIL SAUSAGE SOUP RECIPE:
- one 12 0z. package spicy, or any variety you prefer pre cooked natural chicken sausage sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
- 1 Cup lentils any color
- 2 to 3 large carrots-sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
- several garlic shallots or chives-minced
- 2 celery ribs sliced small
- One fresh pepper, any heat or type you prefer, chopped small
- several leaves of kale, any variety, torn or cut into small pieces
- 1 14 oz. can garbanzo beans
- 1 14 oz. can kidney beans
- 1 14 oz. can Italian stewed tomatoes
- 1 14 oz. can tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
- Put all prepared ingredients into the crock pot or your instant pot.
- NOTE: All of the canned goods go into the pot UNDRAINED, and then fill each can with water and pour them into the pot as well. Adjust liquids as you prefer.
- Set the slow cooker on high for 4 hours or low 6 to 8 hours. If Using an instant Pot set the slow cook function to MORE for 6 hours OR use the soup function and have dinner to the table in under an hour!.
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 221